You might be wondering if you should put address on your resume. Is it OK to write location, city and state or do you need to mention complete street address along with the zip in the Curriculum Vitae (CV)?
As a thumb rule, you should not put complete street address in your CV. Generally, other contact information like email id and phone number are sufficient. Additionally, LinkedIn profile ID and personal website should also be written. However, like everything else, there are pros and cons of everything.
In this post, you will find detailed information about the advantages and disadvantages of including address and other contact information. You will also find out in what situations mentioning address is relevant and how it should be included.
Traditionally, physical address was an important part of a CV as communication was done by using postal mail. But, now the technology has progressed and most communications are done online. So, physical address has lost its importance in initial phases of recruitment process. Additionally, as a candidate, you may not want to disclose your address due to privacy reasons.
Nowadays, some employers and recruiters insist on a physical address in order to run background checks. Furthermore, some candidates may want to share their home address if they are living very close to employer’s office location.
Read on to find more details.
Should you Include Address on Resume?
Many recruiters have mixed opinions on the address in your CV. Some feel it is necessary while some are fine with the new trends.
When you are considering whether to put your address on your bio-data then you must consider your priorities and circumstances. Sometimes it is required and sometimes it is not. It also depends on the type of job you are applying for and its location.
Why do Employers Want your Street Address?
There may be a few reasons why the employer wants your address in the CV. Read the below mentioned points to understand.
1. If they can change the job offer based on your location
Sometimes recruiter makes certain changes in the job offer according to your contact details or address. Let’s suppose if you are selected for a field job but you are not familiar with the local language. In such cases, you may have different job locations, or recruiters have to make changes in the job offers.
2. Contacting you for future opportunities
When you clear all the rounds of the recruitment process then the recruiter contacts you for further process in the company. Hence they will need your address to send you some official documents or other documents to be filled or received by you.
3. Going the traditional way
Some recruiters go via an old school manner and want the candidate’s address. But with a change in technology, they are also changing and becoming more flexible.
Why Should you Write Address on CV?
Here are the important reasons why you should write address:
1. Getting a job
Many companies offer location specific jobs. Including the address in your profile will help the recruiter to know about your location. And your profile has better chances of getting shortlisted.
To make your profile more real you can include your address. Missing information can make employers cautious. This will help the hiring manager in knowing your identity. It will also remove several doubts that came across the recruiter mind while checking the candidate’s profile.
Some of the pros of mentioning your address:
1. Important and preferred by ATS
Mostly 45%-50% of the employer uses ATS (Applicant Tracking System) for screening suitable candidates for the job. This screening software uses your address as a keyword. If you are not including your address in your document you might accidentally screen yourself out from that race.
2. Selection process
Some companies may favor hiring someone who has a shorter commute time. So if you’re close by you should say so by mentioning your address in your profile This will help you in the application screening process.
3. Checking your history
With so much fraud happening around, a history check has been made mandatory in every place. Many candidates put false details on their CV. For this purpose, your address is a must to include in your document. It makes the situation less suspicious.
More than 90% of the employer checks the background of the candidate before offering them the job.
Some of the cons of mentioning your address:
1. Possesses risk of privacy
When you apply for a job through a third party, many job sites may take your personal details for their own database. This can create a risk on your personal information.
2. Outdated format
In this world of technology, most of the candidates will apply for a job using the internet as a medium. Recruiters are also becoming more flexible and techno-friendly. Thus including your address may be an outdated format.
3. More space
It is not recommended to use more space, which will increase the length of your CV. One or two-page profile is preferred no matter how experienced you are. In such cases, including an address will eat that space and elongate your document.
Resume Address Format
When you are crafting your CV it is important to include your contact information at the top of your profile. So that recruiter can easily locate it. You must include your name first at the top with a larger font compared to others.
Below your name mention your contact information and make it center align or left justified. You don’t need to include labels such as “Address” or “Phone.” It’s clear to the hiring manager which is which.
If privacy and security is your main concern, don’t mention your full address. Rather you can add your current city and state. This way the recruiter will get a rough idea about your location and you won’t be screened out from ATS.
First Name Last Name
Your Address (Street, City, State, Zip)
Phone Number, Email Id
LinkedIn Profile Links
If you plan to relocate in the near future, mention it clearly. The recruiter must be aware of your relocation and new address for further procedures. You can add the pin code of a new location to intimate the recruiter. You can put two address together with your current address and your relocation address.
And if you are willing to relocate as per your job location then you can write it in your CV after the address with an (*) asterisk mark or by highlighting it that you are “willing to relocate” or “open to relocating”.
Other Contact Information to be Added to CV
You should not use your current work email on your CV. Use your personal email address. If you don’t have any spare email id, take out some time, and make a new one. It hardly takes 5 minutes to form a new email address.
You should try and make a professional-looking email format on a modern service provider like Gmail. You can include your name and possibly your specialty in your id. Let’s see some example of professional email format firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
You should always write your phone number/ mobile number on which you are available with your country code (if you are applying for remote jobs).
It is very important to have a voice mail on your phone while you are looking for a job. This enables the hiring manager to leave a message to you when in case you can’t pick your phone. It is helpful to you as this way you don’t miss any important calls.
3. LinkedIn Profile
You should include your LinkedIn profile URL in your CV as most of the recruiters will check your social media profile. This URL should be written in the header section along with your contact details in your CV.
Don’t forget to customize your LinkedIn URL before including it in your bio-data it will make it look more professional.
You need not mention to as “LinkedIn link” before the URL when putting it into your document it’s clear that it is your profile link. You can also include the link as a hyperlink this is only valid if you submit your CV as a doc. or pdf file.
You can also add your bio-data on your LinkedIn profile for better job opportunities. I have written an article on how to upload your resume to LinkedIn.
If you have a personal website that can showcase your skills then you must include it in your profile. This gives an additional weight to your profile and also proves that you have good practical knowledge in your field.
We believe now you can decide whether to add an address to your CV or not, always consider how comfortable you are while sharing this delicate information.
Since the internet is the big thing now and everyone uses it. Leaving your address off the CV should not decrease your chances of selection.
You also have the option to share your details at the time of the interview. But make sure to pass ATS and get selected for the next step of recruitment. Recruiters have only limited time to scan your profile so leave no stone unturned.
Over to You
To add or not to add what are your thoughts on this? Do you have any experience which you can share?
I would love to hear from you.